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Winning folk trio returns for Pasco show on Feb. 21

Janet Humphrey and Mary Hartman have always been a winning combination of musical talent. Then a few years ago they added Michelle Cameron to their roster and the harmony got even better.

These days Humphrey, Hartman and Cameron are a trio who blend award-winning songwriting with invigorating guitar, sparkling banjo and smooth cello. Add some tight harmonies and you've got a downright feel-good show.

The trio is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W. Sylvester St., Pasco. Admission is $11 adults, $9 students and senior citizens. Cost is $1 more at the door. Advanced tickets are at Octopus' Garden in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland and all Tri-City area Bookworm stores.

Humphrey has a rich music history that began in childhood. She was introduced to carrying picket signs and attending peace marches with her parents. Those experiences sometimes find a way into her multi-faceted songwriting technique, along with some down-to-earth silly tunes.

Hartman grew up listening to John Denver songs, which she then learned to play on guitar and banjo. Where Humphrey takes on more historical ballads, Hartman's songwriting skills favor the images of nature.

But that's not to say Hartman doesn't known how to have fun with a tune. One of her songs, Zamboni, caught the ear of renowned radio personality Garrison Keillor a few years ago and he plugged it on his show as "one of the best Christmas songs of the year."

Cameron is as skilled at plucking the strings of her cello for a bluegrass tune as she is comfortable sitting with the Mid-Columbia Symphony as first-chair cellist.

At the upcoming concert, this trio of musical mavens plan to keep it light with songs like Goose Poop, Chocolate Reverie, Big-Footed Woman and, of course, Zamboni.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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